As reported by Penn Medicine, psychiatric medications can lead to vision problems and vision loss can exacerbate psychiatric conditions. Medication for psychiatric conditions can lead to vision loss. Eye problems, whether or not the result of psychiatric medications, can then feed a cycle of mental health challenges.
What we are talking about is not new, but has never been a focus of the psychiatric community
– Michael Ascher, MD
Psychiatric medications can lead to vision problems
A range of psychiatric medications have been linked to eye problems.
- Common antipsychotics and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) prescribed for patients with depression or anxiety disorders can lead to mydriasis, a dilation of the pupil, which causes the vision to become impaired.
- Tricyclic antidepressants can cause blurred vision.
- Some seizure drugs have been linked to near-sightedness and glaucoma.
Some antipsychotic medications can increase a patient’s risk for diabetes. Diabetes, if not controlled, can result in vision loss or blindness. Some antipsychotic medications can impair color perception.
Vision loss can exacerbate psychiatric conditions
If blindness sets in, patients and families may face additional psychiatric difficulties that come with this diagnosis. Blindness may trigger depression or family support issues that need to be can identified.
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